Contracts for Artists: Get it In Writing

This SeminArt is an introduction to basic contracts for artists. Kathleen Carignan and Brian Heller will outline common types of contracts professional artists use to protect and sustain their careers: gallery, commission, licensing, sale and work for hire.  They will also discuss the difference between written and oral contracts. The presenters will also provide information on how to handle contract disputes and what to do when you want to terminate a contract. You will leave the SeminArt with better knowledge of the steps to take to avoid problems and to understand what contracts you are signing.

Kathleen and Brian will be available for specific questions at the end of the program. Stick around to meet other artists and community members, LegalArt SeminArts are great networking opportunities!

About the presenters:

Kathleen C. Carignan, Esquire
Executive Director, LegalArt
Before LegalArt, Ms. Carignan was an Adjunct Professor at Drexel University teaching Law and the Arts. While at UVA Law, she worked for the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression. Recent speaking engagements include: “Inspiration, Derivation, or Appropriation? Defining Ownership in the Arts,” Keynote Speaker, Drexel Scholarly Communications Symposium; “When to Call a Lawyer, and Who to Call,” Miami Music Festival Conference; “Can Copyright and the First Amendment be Reconciled in the Internet Age? Examining the Effects of Filtering, Takedown Notices, & the Role of Fair Use,” Penn Law Symposium on Copyright and the Internet.

Brian Heller, Esquire
Senior Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs, Ladenburg Thalmann
Mr. Heller, who currently serves as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of LegalArt, is an attorney, art collector and long-standing supporter of the Miami arts community. Mr. Heller’s arts-related speaking engagements include:  “Legal Issues for Artists and Arts Organizations,” Dade County Bar Association’s Put Something Back Program and “How to Art Basel,” LegalArt Seminart.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

6:30-7:30pm
Dorsch Gallery
151 NW 24th Street, Miami, FL 33127

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